Sarah Garden26 May 2015 AT 12:26 PM

10 questions for... Fitplum

Founders Dalia Lahham and Sara Sawaya take our questionnaire
Sarah Garden26 May 2015 AT 12:26 PM
10 questions for... Fitplum
Sara & Dalia

As the founders of activewear clothing website fitplum.com, you'd think Sara and Dalia were from a sports background. The pair actually started out in the corporate world, before deciding to turn their passion for fitness into a career. Sara swapped her suit and heels for leggings and trainers, waving goodbye to her job in finance; while Dalia decided she'd had enough of her job in marketing. We caught up with the fitness fanatics turned successful entrepreneurs, and asked them 10 questions about life in Dubai.

How long have you been in Dubai?
Sara: Over 20 years. I grew up here and I wouldn't change my childhood here for anywhere else - unlimited sunshine a great sense of community in a country that never ceases to amaze.
Dalia: Since birth. Dubai has continued to evolve to offer my family a secure, cosmopolitan and comfortable lifestyle. That makes it so easy to call it our home. 

What’s your favourite restaurant… and favourite dish?
Sara: Zuma’s spinach salad. I can eat it for days. 
Dalia: That’s a tough one as there are so many good restaurants in Dubai. One of my all-time favorites is Teatro’s nori seaweed salmon which is a classic.

Which takeaway do you have on speed dial?
Sara: Circle Café – their vegetable rice rolls are heaven.
Dalia: Chez Sushi – best sushi in town.

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Thursday night means…
Sara: Taking it easy, a nice dinner, good company and lots of laughter.
Dalia: Catch up with friends over a nice dinner and drinks.

Friday afternoon means…
Sara: Movie time at platinum cinemas and my cheat day for food.
Dalia: Quality time with the family. And beach!

Guests have flown in to see you for a weekend and they’ve never been here before. What three things do you do?
Sara:
1. A day sailing with my brother.
2. Al quodra for the desert bike ride.
3. A feast at Zuma

Dalia:
1. JBR Walk.
2. A visit to old Dubai via the Abra.
3. Dubai Mall.

Where do you go to get a taste of home?
Sara: Leilas Downtown Dubai. They have the yummiest Lebanese food. 
Dalia: I would say this is our home and the beauty about Dubai is that you can get a taste of almost everything here.

What one thing could they introduce to Dubai that would immeasurably improve the quality of your life?
Sara: A YMCA where people can go swim, play basketball and workout. Instead of hanging out at the mall you would go there.
Dalia: I would say this is our home and the beauty about Dubai is that you can get a taste of almost everything here. 

If you had to spend AED100,000 in a single Dubai shop, which one would you choose and what would you buy?
Sara: fitplum.com obviously! I live in activewear so I can't think of a better shop to spend it.
Dalia: I would probably invest that money into a nice piece of art from one of the many galleries in Dubai.

What do you do in Dubai that you never do anywhere else in the world?
Sara: The desert bike ride al quodra – where else is there a bike track in the middle of the desert that runs for 70kms!
Dalia: Wake up to sunny blue skies almost everyday of the year. And learn how to ski in a ski resort in the middle of the desert.

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